No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova enters the Australian Open on a hot streak, on Friday capturing the title at the APIA International Sydney WTA event with a 7-6(5), 7-6(6) win over unseeded fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova.
“It’s always great to play the final,” Kvitova said. “And it’s an even better feeling to win in the final! I’m just glad how I played today. I mean, it was a very tough match to really handle everything. Two tiebreakers, it’s always very difficult. Karolina played really well and she served very well today.”
For Kvitova it was her 15th career WTA title, improving to 15-5 in finals. Pliskova dropped to 3-4 in finals.
“She was playing very well today and was definitely the better player out there, so I wish her good luck in Melbourne next week,” Pliskova said of Kvitova. “But it was a good week for me before Melbourne too.”
In the doubles final the unseeded team of American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and India’s Sania Mirza upset top-seeded Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-3, 6-3. It was their fifth career title as a team.
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